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[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

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Versailles being a palace of rumour as well as a centre of power, it was not long on the following morning before it was being hinted that these expectations had not been fulfilled.

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